I was driving into work this morning....and I was thinking about the things that I am grateful for. There are so many. It becomes evident every day, more and more just how much more I really have to be thankful for despite what I think are my own personal shortcomings. You don't need to go far to realize how lucky you are - turn on the TV and there are pictures of children in Haiti and families torn apart forever. Flip through the newspapers, and read about last nights gang-related shootings leaving several young people dead. Drive by the unemployment office on my way to work, in my 20 year old car and see people waiting for the doors to open to a crumbling economy. Passing the library where the homeless are beginning to gather hoping the doors will open just a minute earlier today for some much needed warmth. Stop in front of the Baptist Hospital and know there are really sick people in there. Kids in the psychiatric ward, kids and adults battling diseases I can't hardly pronounce. People waiting for news of a loved ones surgery. So as I'm on my way I think about all of you, and our kids. Images of their faces flash in my mind and of your dogs, and cats, and rats, and birds, and your health issues, and your husbands, and your problems with your health,and your homes and your kids, and it hit me. I have friends..how VERY fortunate ..I have friends that care, that I'm involved with, that care about me, that post or email me if I'm not here, that call or text me if I don't come around or even if I'm just busy with my own life, or doing something for someone here - and I just wanted to say - Thanks. It's nice to be cared about. It's nice to finally know there is a group of friends in my life like you. It took you LONG enough to get here. I just wanted to let you know that today, as always - I'm thinking about you too. You're not just a cyber person. You're part of THIS group. I appreciate you very much. Hugs & Love ~ Star And how 'bout a round of applause for our Newest Moderator???? WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO I think she is doing a SMASHING JOB..... KUDOS TO YOU JANET..... KUDOS to you all for being the best group of gals I've ever KNOWN.